Unlocking local potential
Atmos Totnes is the name of the community-led project to re-develop a derelict industrial site (the former Dairy Crest site next to Totnes rail station) for homes and businesses in Totnes. Plans show 99 homes (62 of which will be genuinely affordable for the community and 37 will be for older people), and enterprise and work space providing employment for at the very least 160 people plus services and amenities to support the Atmos Totnes and the community of Totnes.
Planning permission through a Community Right to Build Order is in place for the scheme. In preparing for this route to planning permission over there were over 4,500 meaningful contributions into the design process from the community and a professional design team has supported in meeting the design needs within the substantial constraints of the site itself.
Community Right to Build Order for Atmos Totnes
Atmos Totnes, so far as we know, is one of the first Community Right to Build Order processes, and probably the most complex, to be run in England. The Community Right to Build came into force on 6th April 2012 and forms part of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations contained within the Localism Act 2011.
The Community Right to Build Order for Atmos Totnes was made by South Hams District Council on the 1st of March. This is following the referendum on the Order which took place on 23rd November 2016. At that referendum 85.69% of those voting in the local community voted ‘yes’ on if the Order should be granted planning permission.
Atmos Totnes plans include
- 99 homes including 62 truly affordable houses linked only to this community, and 37 ring- fenced homes for older people
- Workspace for local businesses to provide at least 160 jobs
- Refurbishment of the Brunel Building, a health and wellbeing centre, space dedicated to the whole community (young and old alike)
- Community ownership of the majority of the land through a town wide share issue
- Flood defence for Totnes through redevelopment of the site
- Training opportunities through the build, management and maintenance of the site.